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  • The Karna Parva, or the Book of Karna, is the eighth of eighteen books of the Indian Epic Mahabharata. Karna Parva has 96 chapters. Karna Parva describes the appointment of Karna as the third commander-in-chief of the Kaurava alliance. The parva recites how war begins to tire and frustrate everyone, triggers angry shouting matches between Yudhisthira and Arjuna - brothers who otherwise love each other. This book describes how brutal war leads to horrifying behavior over the 16th and 17th day of the 18 day Kurukshetra War. At the end of the parva, Karna is killed in a fierce battle with Arjuna. Karna parva includes a treatise by Krishna on if and when is it ever appropriate to lie or volunteer a falsehood. The parva also includes a symbolic dialogue where Karna in distress demands a just process, but he abuses the just process when others are in distress. Wikipedia

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